RockWired Voters Name Rick Shaffer November ARTIST OF THE MONTH

rockwiredartist-ofthemonthThe polls closed for RockWired’s November 2016 ARTIST OF THE MONTH campaign. Voters made their vote count and Rick Shaffer is RockWired’s 72nd ARTIST OF THE MONTH.

Back in 2011, guitarist Rick Shaffer perked our ears at RockWired with the release of his solo album “HIDDEN CHARMS” and it’s reliance on the very fuzzy, distorted guitar sounds that made Link Wray legendary, the swagger that made The Stones the big deal that they’ve been for fifty some odd years, and Shaffer’s purring vocals that recall Stooges-era Iggy Pop, and Velvet Underground-era Lou Reed. Trust us when we say that no charms were hidden on that album. It was all audible and the perfect antidote to much of the over-production that had come to typify a lot of rock music that year.

Hell, over-production still typifies much of the rock n roll that’s out there now and thank God for Shaffer’s album “OUTSIDE OF TIME.” Shaffer’s gritty rock ‘n roll approach is put to good use on material that speaks to life’s highs and lows (mostly lows) such as the stomping first single “Going Down Slow” accompanied by a mesmerizing music video.

∎October 31, 2016 — Brian Lush —




The only “free” part of the “LOCAL RADIO FREEDOM ACT” is that Big Radio wants MUSIC content for FREE.

Capitol SmallThe LOCAL RADIO FREEDOM ACT, if passed, would continue the incredibly unfair practice of allowing FM radio to play music WITHOUT PAYING THE PERFORMERS and LABELS.

For those who don’t know, FM radio’s $17 BILLION in ANNUAL revenue is more than twice the entire recorded music industry combined.  Despite that, FM radio pays NOTHING to artists and labels for the use of those recordings, unlike Internet radio, satellite radio and cable radio, which DO pay.  So, the “FREE” part is for FM radio to get all their music content for FREE.

Click HERE to easily voice your opposition DIRECTLY TO YOUR LOCAL REPRESENTATIVES by entering your zip code.